Chaitanya Bhagavata

by Bhumipati Dāsa | 2008 | 1,349,850 words

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 1.10.119, English translation, including a commentary (Gaudiya-bhasya). This text is similair to the Caitanya-caritamrita and narrates the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, proclaimed to be the direct incarnation of Krishna (as Bhagavan) This is verse 119 of Adi-khanda chapter 10—“Marriage with Shri Lakshmipriya”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 1.10.119:

যে শুনযে প্রভুর বিবাহ-পুণ্য-কথা তাহার সংসার-বন্ধ না হয সর্বথা ॥ ১১৯ ॥

ये शुनये प्रभुर विवाह-पुण्य-कथा ताहार संसार-बन्ध ना हय सर्वथा ॥ ११९ ॥

ye śunaye prabhura vivāha-puṇya-kathā tāhāra saṃsāra-bandha nā haya sarvathā || 119 ||

ye sunaye prabhura vivaha-punya-katha tahara samsara-bandha na haya sarvatha (119)

English translation:

(119) Whoever hears these auspicious topics of the Lord’s marriage is never entangled in worldly life.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

In this material world people become joyful by hearing about the marriage of a boy and a girl. Encouraged by such topics, the conditioned souls become eager to face the miseries of material bondage. But the topics related with the marriage of Śrīman Mahāprabhu, who is the controller of māyā, are not like this. This pastime of the Lord is meant to demonstrate the uselessness of material existence. A living entity who is attached to material enjoyment considers the marriage of a mundane boy and girl to be the ideal example of sense gratification, and if he considers the spiritual pastimes of the Supreme Lord’s marriage as similar to the conditioned soul’s sense gratificatory activities, which are apparently sweet but ultimately poison, he will certainly be entangled in the bondage of material existence. But the Supreme Lord is the only object of all enjoyment, and the servants, maidservants, and wonderful ingredients of service, which are all under His control, cannot produce such inauspiciousness. Wherever the happiness of the Lord is present, the sense gratification of the living entities cannot remain. In this regard one should discuss auspicious nectarean statements such as the following verses from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (11.2.42): bhaktiḥ pareśānubhavo

viraktir anyatra caiṣa trika eka-kālaḥ—“Devotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things—these three occur simultaneously,” and from the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.187):

īhā yasya harer dāsye karmaṇā manasā girā nikhilāsv apy avasthāsu jīvan-muktaḥ sa ucyate

“A person acting in the service of Kṛṣṇa with his body, mind, intelligence, and words is a liberated person even within the material world, although he may engage in many apparently material activities.” The Supreme Lord Viṣṇu is the transcendental controller of māyā, so to consider Him material or like an ordinary living entity is a great offense. When a transcendental service attitude towards the Supreme Lord Viṣṇu is awakened, then liberated devotees inclined towards serving the Lord are no longer entangled in material bondage. In other words, if a living entity is eager to please the Supreme Lord, he becomes freed from the bondage of material existence, which is separate from the Lord, and never personally endeavors for sense gratification or material enjoyment.

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